Photography forum image of the month – April 2012

Every month on our pho­tog­ra­phy forum mem­bers nom­i­nate images that they like. Then at the end of the month I choose an excel­lent image and talk about why it rocks. The photo I choose is not nec­es­sar­ily the best one of the month. I’ve come to real­ize it’s not really log­i­cal to pit images from totally dif­fer­ent gen­res against each other. That’s why there are cat­e­gories in photo con­tests. I just choose a photo that has extremely strong ele­ments that we can learn from.

Weeds yet to be by JustinRyan215

Weeds yet to be by JustinRyan215

This month’s choice is weeds yet to be by JustinRyan215

I chose this image for sev­eral reasons:

Per­spec­tive — The per­spec­tive here is not what we are used to see­ing and it totally works. It gives the dan­de­lion an abstract feel (for a sec­ond at first look, it looked like a jel­ly­fish) yet we know what we are look­ing at. I really like the “star­like” wisp pat­terns that we are see­ing here and this is wholly due to the perspective.

Pro­cess­ing — The pro­cess­ing makes the image pop with­out draw­ing too much atten­tion to itself. I also like the vignette which helps frame the whole subject.

Expo­sure — Very well han­dled and this is a dif­fi­cult sub­ject. The whites (espe­cially around the perime­ter of the weed) have just enough detail to be as del­i­cate as the dan­de­lion itself.

For all these rea­sons, this is my choice for image of the month. Since we all have opin­ions, some mem­bers may dis­agree with my choice. That’s cool but THIS thread is not the place for debate over my pick, NOR is it the place to fur­ther cri­tique the image. The pur­pose here is to sug­gest strong ele­ments in the photo that we may learn from.

Con­grats again JustinRyan215 for this see­ing, cap­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing this cre­ative image.

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